Monthly Archives: November 2014

Photo challenge – Triumph

Triumph can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of people. It could mean triumph in a difficult exam, triumph in talking to someone in a foreign language and being understood or triumph over a phobia. For me, however, triumph suggests the … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to say congratulations on your engagement

It’s wonderful when two people find love together. And it’s a great excuse to celebrate when an engagement is announced. So how do you congratulate the happy couple in Italian? Fortunately its actually quite straight forward, you just need to … Continue reading

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Piazza San Marco, Venice – the drawing room of Europe

Every so often, amongst the usual tourist chatter and polite requests for directions, I overhear a gem. A snippet of a conversation, a tidbit that makes me giggle. Or sometimes groan. Let me give you an example. One sultry afternoon, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

This week’s photo theme is angular. It brought to mind this photo that I took back in 2008 on the steps of Siena’s Duomo (cathedral). The pigeon was stalking me as I had a rather tasty panino but sadly for … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Festa della Madonna della Salute, November 21st, Venice

It was clear from the water-bus stop that something was happening. Half of Venice was on the move, it seemed. Large extended families with giddy children on scooters gently jostled older couples holding hands. Groups of friends chatted happily as others … Continue reading

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World Toilet Day – Spending a penny in Italy

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Shocking isn’t it? So as the 19th November is UN World Toilet Day, I thought I’d take a pee(k) at the loos in Italy and see how flush … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to ask will you marry me?

A year ago two of my dearest friends got engaged in Venice and they’re due to tie the knot in a couple of weeks after more than eleven years together. So if you are planning a romantic trip to ask … Continue reading

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